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Monday WNBA links: Seattle's storm of turnovers, improved players, and women in sports movies

10 links from the weekend, including reactions to this past weekend's WNBA games as well as some talk about best-ever and low-rated women's sports films.

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Tulsa Shock center Liz Cambage will take wins over big scoring nights as her team tries to secure a WNBA playoff berth.
Tulsa Shock center Liz Cambage will take wins over big scoring nights as her team tries to secure a WNBA playoff berth.
Photo by Troy Littledeer.

There were six games between Saturday and Sunday. Four were decided by 18 or more points, including the Minnesota Lynx's 18th straight win yesterday in which they were up by as much as 31 as reported by Kelly Parsons of the Star Tribune.

So we won't fault you if you went out and enjoyed the weather instead. And for those that did so, Swish Appeal writers already have you covered on a few of the games this past weekend and the following are 10 links to help you get caught up.

Pat Borzi contributing to the Seattle Times summed up the Seattle Storm's 90-72 loss to the Minnesota Lynx nicely with a Tina Thompson quote: "Ten first-quarter turnovers against a sixth-grade youth team is bad." Not a whole lot more to say about that game, though Borzi rightly highlights the Storm's never-ending effort to stay in the game. Read more >>>

Terrence Thomas of the San Antonio Express-News writes that Jayne Appel is finally starting to live up to the expectations people had of her when she was selected fifth overall in the 2010 draft. Appel, who is among the most improved players in the league this season, finished yesterday's win against the Tulsa Shock with a game-high 13 rebounds. Read more >>>

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Jeff Brucculeri of the Tulsa Shock Examiner quoted Shock center Liz Cambage saying she cared more about wins than points after scoring a career-high 28 points in a 96-89 win on Friday night against the Los Angeles Sparks. In the loss against Appel and the Silver Stars yesterday, Cambage continued to score well with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting and 7 rebounds but the team fell 2.5 games behind the Storm for the fourth and final playoff spot. Read more >>>

Mark Ambrogi recapped the Indiana Fever's 79-58 win against the Chicago Sky on Saturday, including how the plague of injuries that has hovered around Indianapolis almost extended to coach Lin Dunn after a collision with Epiphanny Prince. In more positive health news for the Fever, Jeannette Pohlen made her first appearance of the season after recovering from an ACL injury. Read more >>>

Scott Mammoser of the Phoenix Women's Sports Examiner wrote that, "The Phoenix Mercury’s zone defense limited the Atlanta Dream to 39 percent shooting and 2-of-17 from beyond the arc in an 82-76 home victory Saturday night." Given the Storm's performance against the Lynx yesterday, Mercury wing Brianna Gilbreath's point about the need to apply pressure when the two play on Tuesday with playoff positioning at stake was wise. Read more >>>

Van Williams of the Alaska Dispatch took a closer look at the season of Alaskan Kelsey Griffin after she scored 16 points including two threes, tying a career-high for made threes and one short of a career-high for scoring. Williams reports that Griffin sees the move to the power forward spot under Anne Donovan as "really nice and much easier" after winning a WNBL championship and Finals MVP in Australia during the WNBA's offseason. Read more >>>

Bret McCormick of the Herald published a wide-ranging feature about Washington Mystics All-Star Ivory Latta to discuss her standout season, signature shoe to be released this September ("the IL/12/T – pronounced "illest"), and looking ahead to her first year as an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina. UNC coach Sylvia Hatchell believes her contagious energy will be beneficial as a coach and recruiter. Read more >>>

The Chicago Tribune asked an a question that we've discussed previously: What's the WNBA's future after Adam Silver takes over as NBA commissioner? Philip Hersh probably made the key point: all indications are that Silver cares about the WNBA. Read more >>>

Bitch Flicks put out a call for reviews about women in sports movies yesterday on a topic that I actually think we don't discuss enough here at Swish Appeal: what are the best movies with women in sports as central characters? As they note, the significance of the project is that although women have made strides in sports participation, those stories aren't always being told in the mainstream. They put together a preliminary list of movies that includes some of ESPN's recent Nine for IX films and - on first glance as a basketball fan who lived in Seattle - Heart of the Game is one that should definitely be on there. But what would be your top women-in-sports(-and/or-basketball) movies? That might be worth a fan post and if you actually make a submission to their site let us know so we can give you a link. Read more >>>

Speaking of those Nine for IX films, Paulsen of Sports Media Watch reports that the first five have ranked among the six least-viewed "30 for 30" documentary premieres with Pat XO receiving the lowest viewership. Read more >>>

Obviously, there are other links out there - limiting myself to 10 is an interesting exercise - so feel free to drop additional links in the comments, make a fan shot if you think something deserves special attention, or create a fan post if you have a longer commentary that you'd like to share.